#NACACreads: An Online Book Club

Looking for a fun way to stay on top of trends and network with other college admission professionals?

Join #NACACreads, an online club that discusses books related to education and the college admission process.

Book club members are welcome to participate in any—or all—of the quarterly chats, held on Twitter. Titles will be announced at least six weeks in advance of each chat.


The Privileged Poor book coverWhat: Discussion of The Privileged Poor with author Anthony Abraham Jack
When: Tuesday, Sept. 17 at 9 p.m. ET
Where: On Twitter, using the #NACACreads hashtag
Etc.: Help shape the discussion. Submit questions ahead of time using the #NACACreads hashtag.

Sociologist Anthony Abraham Jack spent two years interviewing disadvantaged students at one of America’s most selective universities.

His goal? To find out how wealth and privilege (or lack thereof) affect the ways students make their way to and through college. He lays out his findings in The Privileged Poor: How Elite Colleges Are Failing Disadvantaged Students—our next #NACACreads selection.

“Too often we think about those youth who make it out of distressed communities and into college— especially elite colleges—as having already won,” Jack writes.

But that type of thinking prevents colleges across the country from doing the hard work that comes next—moving from access to inclusion.

“Within every elite institution there is hidden curriculum full of unwritten rules, unexplained terms, and a whole host of things that insiders take for granted,” Jack writes. “It is no surprise that universities — often without realizing they are doing so — tend to reward students who enter college already familiar with those rules.”

Although focused on the policies and practices of elite colleges, Jack’s insightful book includes lessons for all types of institutions. Join us for a wide-ranging discussion about what needs to change at both the secondary and postsecondary levels to ensure higher education retains its promise of providing equal opportunities for all.

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